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Monday, April 03, 2017

Block 5 - complete! And more shameless begging.

A few days ago I was showing my courtship blocks to a friend and she asked how many hours each block would take - and how much I would charge if I were to sell my work.  She was rather surprised when I laughed.  I knew she wasn't interested in commissioning a piece so I shared that each block takes me about two weeks to do - that would add up to five hours per day x 6 days a week = 30 hours (and that's a conservative estimate of the time).  Multiply that (at least in the case of the courtship project) by seven.  And that's just doing the blocks and not the finishing that's required.

AND - an addendum to my complete and utterly shameless plugging of our #2 son and daughter-in-love's new photography business - it seems that the more 'likes' you get on facebook, the better is is for people who are searching for a business to actually find it online. that light.....(and being utterly shameless as I said!!)....please  go  HERE and 'like' their page.  While you're there you can see some of their  beautiful photos.  I thank you and I know they do too!

Now, on to the last two fillers on Block Five....

And, here's the completed block..


- Just in case you might think I'm not an equal opportunity blogger, HERE's a wee Easter-y duckie for you to make!

- THIS isn't something I would tackle making, but it's it gorgeous?

- If you happen to like turtles and hexxies, how about THIS cute little fellow?

- There is a tutorial HERE for some really pretty flowers made from ric rac.

- For those of you who enjoy colouring, perhaps you'd like to have a go at THIS.  

- The tutorial HERE is geared towards scrapbookers, but I think the technique would come in handy for a lot of other applications, including crazy quilting.  

Today your quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson... "Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine"


  1. Another simply stunning block Mary Anne! I love the last two fillers.... just beautiful! I have 'liked' your son and D-i-L's FB page.... they have taken some fabulous photographs! I wish them every success! Christine x

  2. What's all this shameless begging going on here?
    Your work is lovely, you don't need to beg to be appreciated!
    Just kidding, I hope your son and daughter in law's business does very well.
    I like those ric rac flowers too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Have just liked your son and daughter-in-law's page. =) Yes, we certainly don't do all that stitching to be paid handsomely for it, do we. The prices people pay for our stitching has always been a bone of contention for me.....but you don't want to know my thoughts on this subject....far too long and boring. More gorgeous stitching, Mary Anne. I am beginning to get excited to see the beautiful finished pretty.

  4. Your work is so intricate, I'm sure it takes much longer to complete than your conservative estimate. I like your kids' FB page. They do great work!

  5. Ha...yep, 30 hours or so for each block and them choose a charge out rate to multiple by. Priceless!

  6. Beautiful work Mary Anne. I find that most craft work takes ages to do and you would never be able to sell it for it's worth in time you spent doing it.
    I've liked your son and daughter in law's page, I wish them a lot of success, they are certainly very talented.

  7. I just really like the way you use beads to create your flowers. Your designs are so pretty. I liked your DIL's page. I had no idea LIKING had an effect on how much a page is seen. The table runner in the link is fantastic. I'd give that a try if I had a place to use it.

    Have a wonderful week.
    xx, Carol

  8. Your block is beautiful! I missed checking in here for the week I was denied internet access.

  9. Great explanation on the length of time it took to do the block! Way to go. Lovely designs. Thanks for the links.

  10. Lovely finished Block 5. Your time is far too valuable to even entertain her prying question yet you gave a very good explanation answer. Love the links and my Grandma used to make Ric Rak flowers too. Sunshine Smiles Dear...<3

  11. Such lovely embroidery MA!
    OK I went to FB to LIKE your son's page and you can guess what happened LOL
    It has taken me awhile to find my way back to blogland.
    Oh look a shiny button......
    Happy Wednesday oxo


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